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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What stitches are used to make this bracelet? on: March 25, 2011 08:06:35 PM
The best I can come up with is single crochet, but it's hard to see because it isn't laying flat. If you can post some other pictures - maybe just looking straight at the whole thing - I might be able to make a better guess.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn Ball Holder...? (sorry about the two mondo pictures) on: March 25, 2011 08:02:05 PM
I used to work at a store that sold craft supplies, and for a while we actually had tall plastic containers that were designed especially for holding balls of yarn. They were a bit bigger than yours - taller and wider - and clear. But they were also really expensive. I congratulate you on coming up with a clever way to reuse something you already had. It's much more creative than my way, which is a big cardboard box (which I always have some of since I always seem to be getting ready to move Smiley ). But I don't have to use them much because most of my yarn is in center-pull balls (actually "cakes" is a better word), and they don't bounce as much.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Butthead on: March 25, 2011 07:53:11 PM
I don't know if this is going to be any help, but - could you make two small hats and partially join them?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Enjoying my failures: My lesson in counting. on: March 25, 2011 07:50:48 PM
Actually, it's really, really close to a hexagon... And it's very pretty.

To answer your second question: How about a rug instead of an afghan?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatting & UTEE (Pic added) on: November 18, 2010 08:44:14 PM
Very nice - and since I learned how to needle tat, exactly what I'm trying to do with my pendants (which are also made from UTEE, but in different shapes). But I'm having no success, so far. How do you get the frames to stay in place?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatted Jewelry - Updated with resources on: October 09, 2010 02:28:28 PM
Lama Rama, I have started tatting (and Totusmel's YouTube videos were a big help). At first I just used doll needles that I found at Michael's (a craft store chain here in the US); they were the only needles I could find that were long and didn't have a huge eye (if the eye is too big you can't pull the thread through). But they had sharp ends, so I had to be careful not to poke myself.

I finally found actual tatting needles at a local craft and hobby shop, but they're from Handy Hands, which has a website; I don't know if they'll ship to the UK, but they might be worth checking out. Amazon.com also has them, but a quick check on Amazon.co.uk didn't turn up anything. If all else fails try the doll needles; they actually work pretty well - especially if you can file down the tip!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lace. Can anyone tell me all about lace? on: October 06, 2010 01:28:50 PM
Yes, it is possible to make your own lace. This is the sewing board, so the replies so far have leaned in that direction. But as a non-sewer who found your question when I did a search for "tatting," I can provide a different answer.

If you're looking for smaller pieces of lace, rather than the wide stuff that's sold by the yard in fabric stores, there are lots of different ways to go:
- crochet
- knitting
- weaving
- bobbin lace
- tatting

If you know how to do any of the above it probably wouldn't be that hard to make lace. With knitting, crochet, and weaving, it's just a matter of leaving some strategically placed holes in your work. Bobbin lace uses different threads wound on bobbins that are manipulated to make the patterns. Tatting uses a special shuttle, needle, or crochet hook (cro-tatting) to make lace patterns. I'm currently learning needle tatting, and it's a lot of fun.

I'm off topic for this board, so I'll stop there. But I'm sure there's a lot of information online about all of these techniques, and probably even videos if you have the bandwidth. You might want to do a search on whatever type you're interested in, and for the videos I think the most likely place is YouTube because people use it more than the other sites.

There are probably other ways to make lace that I just don't know about. But hopefully this will get you started.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatted Jewelry - Updated with resources on: October 01, 2010 06:11:45 PM
You just started? Wow. This doesn't look like a beginner's work at all. It's gorgeous.

I've seen tatting done only once - by a coworker, who was using a shuttle. I knew you could do it with a needle, and even found a tutorial online somewhere. But I never tried it. I think I might have to now. I could make some really cool cords for my pendants.

Keep showing us what you make. I can't wait to see what you come up with when you're past the beginner stage. Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Earrings made fromAmy Butler fabric and fabric stiffener on: September 24, 2010 02:48:36 PM
Ooh, that's really pretty! What a creative way to use small pieces of fabric! How did you do that? Is the fabric on a backing?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Playing with clay is a great stress reducer! on: September 24, 2010 02:45:02 PM
They are all beautiful. I especially like the way you used glaze and the mica powders (yes?).

I agree, the face needs something around it. Could you maybe make some clay "hair" from little snakes or a solid piece that's been textured with a comb? You could "glue" it in place with liquid clay before baking, or just bake it plain and attach it with super glue after. And maybe rub some mica powder on it. (Gosh, I wish I'd thought of this kind of stuff when I was working in clay. Oh well.)

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